CDA’s Electrical Expert to Address the Importance of Grounding and Bonding at NAB Show

March 24, 2015


Session Track to Offer Electrical Grounding Guidelines for Communication Facilities to Prevent Outages and Equipment Breakdown

Las Vegas, NC— David Brender, the National Program Manager for Electrical Applications at the Copper Development Association (CDA), will speak at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, in Las Vegas, next month with regards to the importance of proper grounding and bonding for communications facilities, including studios, transmitting sites and towers.

The NAB Show is the world's largest event covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums and draws nearly 100,000 attendees from every sector of the industry, including broadcast, digital media, film, entertainment, telecom, post-production, government and other communication professionals. Brender’s session is scheduled for 9 AM, April 14th.

During his half-hour presentation, Brender will review several case histories involving communication facilities that experienced service disruption as a result of a multitude of frequently-found errors in wiring, grounding and bonding. By making corrections to the power quality infrastructure and adopting practical guidelines for any sensitive location that operates electronic equipment, communication facilities can ensure they remain online and unaffected.

“Without a proper grounding and bonding electrical system in place, a communications facility can experience outages or at times equipment failure,” said Brender. “Facilities can often times correct bonding or grounding issues relatively easy and cost-effectively to ensure proper operation.”

Wiring and grounding systems needs to be properly designed with listed connectors often exceeding the NEC parameters. Copper and its alloys are the most common materials because they provide superior reliability, corrosion resistance and avoid oxidation complications at connections.

Brender is an expert on grounding and bonding and has been giving presentations for CDA on the topic for more than 13 years. He spoke about the same issue at APCO in 2014.

For more information about copper grounding systems or to access a variety of CDA’s electrical case studies, visit our Power Quality section.